How to clean a MBP?

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by majordude, Jan 11, 2016.

  1. majordude macrumors 68020

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    Mine is filthy! The metal is full of oil and the screen won't come crystal clean and don't even look at the keyboard!

    What products work best for cleaning?
     
  2. glenthompson macrumors 68000

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    For the outside I use a paper towel with rubbing alcohol. If the screen is really dirty and won't clean with a damp cloth then use a little Windex sprayed on a paper towel to clean it. Never spray directly on the MBP. For the keyboard a vacuum with soft bristle brush gets the worse then use a Q-tip with alcohol to clean the nooks.

    Stop touching the screen with dirty hands.
     
  3. barbu, Jan 11, 2016
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    A mild vinegar/water solution works well, too. For the keyboard, probably best to flip it over and shake out as much grit as you can. Perhaps vacuuming with the brush attachment would also be advised.
     
  4. T5BRICK macrumors 604

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    I use a glass cleaner, and spray that on a paper towel and clean the body of the MBP. I use a soft cloth or a microfiber cloth on the display though.
     
  6. snaky69 macrumors 603

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    I'm not sure ammonia is good for AR coatings, but that's just me.

    I use a slightly damp microfiber cloth.
     
  7. maflynn Moderator

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    I know what you mean, I use lens cleaner for the display. Sorry for leaving that little tid bit of info out of the post .
     
  8. nudoru macrumors regular

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    I use lens cleaner or a soft microfiber cloth for the screen. For the keyboard and outside I've used a regular Clorox wipe or something similar. No issues so far and it's been a few years.
     
  9. campyguy macrumors 68030

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    I posted this about 18 months ago: http://forums.macrumors.com/posts/19441992/

    Also, for your Mac, do not use any product with ammonia (ammonia gas dissolved in non-distilled water - a powerful alkaline chemical), bleach (a chemical solution of sodium hypochlorite or hydrogen peroxide, often diluted in non-distilled water), vinegar (acetic acid, diluted generally with non-distilled water), or window cleaner because those chemicals will damage and/or strip away the coatings on devices with coatings (even our aluminum is coated...). Ammonia and bleach are two of the last chemical compounds I would use to clean items, with the latter essentially causing physical damage to the substrate every time it's applied. Bleach is used to sterilize surfaces but not "clean" them, and leaves a residue that must be removed from the surfaces it's used on - I specify distilled water (I cut meat to put myself through college, where I studied environmental engineering and chemistry FWIW - lots of studying about cleaners..., and I now write contracts and tech specs as part of my work).

    The only two commercial items I'd even consider are the glasses lens cleaners given away or sold by optometrists and the unscented "WhatEVER" product. Distilled water is a solvent, and a very good one at that.
     
  10. emilioestevez Suspended

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    i use the washing machine on cold water, just a smidgen of bleach

    then i use car wash soap to wash the glass
     

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